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Rally touts equal pay for women

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Legislators and members of feminist and labor organizations were seeing red at the April 28 Equal Pay Day rally on the West steps of the Capitol.

Program offers escape from payday loans

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper is banking on the National League of Cities to help promote greater financial stability for Denver residents who spend millions of dollars a year on payday-loan and check-cashing fees because they don’t have bank accounts.

Reid: U.S. Unique in lack of health care system

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The world offers four distinct models for providing and funding health care, all of which work — or don’t — to varying degrees and any of which could be adopted as a model in the United States.

The problem, T.R. Reid told about 400 businesspeople, political leaders and health care executives Tuesday, is that the United States is trying to make all four work simultaneously.

Nader pushes single-payer health care in CU talk

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Consumer activist and corporate gadfly Ralph Nader urged adoption of a single-payer system of delivering health care to Americans last week when he spoke to an overflow audience in a club room at the University of Colorado’s football stadium.

Since universal health coverage was first proposed by President Harry Truman, Nader said, more than a million people have died needlessly because they couldn’t afford health insurance.

Long fight for wilderness finally succeeds

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

ESTES PARK — Bipartisanship can be hard to come by.

Policy battles and political posturing often keep politicians from coming together to pass meaningful legislation. But it’s amazing how far politicos can go when they work together on the right issue.

Former SoS Coffman cleared by ethics panel

Congressman Mike Coffman, who served as Colorado secretary of state before he was elected to represent CD 6 last year, was cleared by the bipartisan five-member Ethics Commission this week on charges brought by Colorado Ethics Watch. The non-profit group had alleged that Coffman acted improperly as secretary of state by employing a deputy who ran a partisan web-based business from the office, and for using a consulting firm (Phaseworks) for his congressional campaign while the firm lobbied on behalf of electronic voting machines, a function of the secretary of state’s office.

Ritter touts energy economy highlights for summit

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The same message came from the same messenger, but it was delivered in a new venue.

During a luncheon speech Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bill Ritter touted the importance of his vision for a “new energy economy” at the Rocky Mountain New Energy Markets Summit, sponsored by Holme Roberts & Owen law firm, Altira and Morgan Stanley.

Stimulus bunny yet to leave eggs in Colorado’s basket

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s push to create a “New Energy Economy” will definitely benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but by how much is still unknown.

Despite the haste with which Congressional leaders passed the now infamous $900 billion stimulus package, the money coming to Colorado to benefit clean, new energy projects has yet to arrive.

Natural-gas powered cars: So near, yet so far away

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

They’re called the cleanest internal-combustion vehicles on Earth by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Compressed natural gas vehicles produce 97 percent less carbon monoxide and 25 percent less carbon dioxide than traditional automobiles. CNGs produce few toxic or carcinogenic pollutants, little to no particulate matter and no evaporative emissions.

Four Corners tourism endangered by smog

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s easy to tell why the Four Corners area — where Colorado’s border meets the borders of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah — is a popular tourist destination.